Many people think that physiotherapy is only about helping people deal with aches and pains, or speeding up their recovery following knee surgery. But physiotherapy can actually benefit those who suffer from a range of ailments, and those who are recovering from conditions that go beyond joint pain. In fact, physiotherapy has been shown to greatly assist the recovery for cardiac surgery patients. Undergoing cardiac surgery can leave a patient restricted in their movement, and even fearful of physical activity. These patients will often feel weak after their surgery, and want to stay put in their beds. This can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as lack of proper physical rehabilitation will see them lose muscle strength and bodily function. In worst-case scenarios, lack of physical movement can lead to blood clotting, and will put the patient at a higher risk of a future heart attack. This is one of the main…

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A major cause of back problems may be hidden inside your day job. Today, with more and more occupations involving employees sitting at desks for a full work day, there is an increased risk of back pain caused by the long-term sitting sessions hunched over our work computers. Many factors relating to desk jobs have direct impacts upon our back health. These include the height of your chair; your posture in your chair; the position of your computer screen, keyboard,…

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It’s one of the lesser-known physiotherapy techniques, but one that can be effective. Shockwave therapy (also called radial shockwave therapy) is a technique that uses high-energy sound waves – and not electrical shocks – to help assist the healing process after an injury. Shockwave therapy is used for musculoskeletal injuries, mainly those areas where connective tissues come into contact with bone. Examples of common injuries treated by shockwave therapy treatment include tennis/golf elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis/calcification, stress fractures, trochanteric bursitis…

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Women know that their high heels can leave their feet feeling uncomfortable, but this is seen as a small price to pay to pull off the sleek and stylish look of a nice pair of pumps. However, science shows that high heels cause more than just minor discomfort – they can also cause long-term problems for your feet. The list of potential problems here includes ingrown toenails, nerve damage, bunions, and even serious damage to the tendons in your leg.…

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